Celebrity addicts: Who dies, who survives, and why?
Singer Whitney Houston’s death last month from accidental drowning from the effects of cocaine use and heart disease throws bright light on a dark corner of the world of celebrities who wrestle with substance abuse.
Houston’s death brought up painful memories for daytime talk-show host Wendy Williams, who walked away from her secret cocaine addiction years ago because she wanted a better life, because it was breaking her parents’ hearts and because she knew that otherwise she was headed to an early grave.
“Whitney and I, same age, and both plagued with the demon of substance abuse,” Williams said tearfully on her show shortly after Houston’s death. “It’s been almost 15 years since I smoked last from a crack pipe. It’s been almost 15 years since I waited on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx for my drugs.”
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